Someone, many years ago, once penned, “A democracy will continue to exist until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.”
Well, this year the Long Beach Teachers Union is depending on you to give them that power by voting for their candidate, Mr Bodner. Frustrated with the fact that the current president of the school board, Roy Lester, will not agree to a 6% yearly raise, at a time where the tax cap is less than 1%, they have decided to try to fool us taxpayers into electing a current teacher, who is getting ready to retire, to the school board. Although their candidate has no business or board experience, they are taking the position that because he is a teacher, Mr Bodner is qualified to sit on the school board and negotiate contracts with his fellow teachers, with our money. If he is elected, the school board will have 3 former LBCSD employees on the 5 member school board. So, hold onto your wallets.
Mr. Bodner and his wife (also a former district teacher) have been actively involved in teacher union politics for many years. Now that he is retiring, it’s no surprise that he has gotten the support of the teachers union, which does not want to pass up this opportunity to control the purse strings and raise our school taxes. That’s like putting the fox in the hen house.
Mr Lester, on the other hand,has a long history of trying to control expenses and has been opposed by the union at every opportunity. Because of his efforts, Long Beach has remained with one of the lowest tax rates in the county, and has managed to live within the tax cap, while still maintaining the programs for the children.
There is no question that the teachers will come out to vote in droves, as they know a victory would almost certainly give them huge raises at our expense. The only obstacle in their path is if the rest of us taxpayers come out and vote.
The teachers union is betting that we will be too tired or busy or apathetic to vote on Tuesday. If that’s the case, don’t complain when you open that big fat new school tax bill.
Vote for Roy Lester. He’s against taxpayer rip offs.